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Differences

Fujifilm X-E1 advantages over Olympus E-P5

  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.82 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 34 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 34 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Olympus E-P5 advantages over Fujifilm X-E1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Less shutter lag
    0.20 vs 0.44 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More dots on screen
    1037k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/320 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    18 vs 12 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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  • Produces superior image quality that's better than many DSLRs; Handsome and functional camera design recalls classic rangefinder models; Surprisingly good kit lens.

  • Mixed-bag operational performance, with sluggish startup and mediocre autofocus speed and shot-to-shot times; Video quality is only so-so.

  • Handsome retro styling; Very good image quality and dynamic range, with competitive high ISO performance; Lightning fast autofocusing; Excellent burst speeds (nearly 10fps at full res); Top shutter speed of 1/8000 second; Sharp, bright 17mm f/1.8 kit lens; 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots of resolution.

  • Heavier than some mirrorless models; Weak flash; Below average battery life; No built-in viewfinder (but EVF available in a kit or for separate purchase); A bit pricey compared to the similar E-M5, which offers a built-in EVF and weather sealing at about the same price.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX20

Fujifilm X-E1
Samsung NX20
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-P5
Samsung NX20
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Fujifilm X-E1
Sony NEX-F3
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-P5
Sony NEX-F3
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Fujifilm X-E1
Olympus E-PL5
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $364
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-PL5
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $364
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Fujifilm X-E1
Panasonic GF6
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $393
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Olympus E-P5
Panasonic GF6
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $393
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm X-E1
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus E-P5
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $560
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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